- Title: Two of Fidel Castro's sons arrive to pay last respects at ceremony
- Date: 28th November 2016
- Summary: HAVANA, CUBA (NOVEMBER 28, 2016) (REUTERS) FIDEL CASTRO'S SON, ALEXIS CASTRO-SOTO, HUGGING SOMEONE AS ANOTHER OF FIDEL'S SONS, ALEX CASTRO-SOTO, LOOKS ON FIDEL CASTRO'S SON, ALEX, LOOKING AT HIS SMARTPHONE CLOSE-UP OF SMARTPHONE IN HIS HAND MORE OF ALEX AT THE MEMORIAL ALEX AND ALEXIS SEATED NEXT TO EACH OTHER AT THE MEMORIAL PEOPLE LEAVING MEMORIAL IN TEARS FLOWERS ON THE GROUND AT THE MEMORIAL PEOPLE WAITING IN LINE TO PAY THEIR LAST RESPECTS FLOWERS AND A SIGN READING IN SPANISH, 'THANK YOU, FIDEL. COLOMBIA IS WITH YOU'
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- Keywords: Cuba Fidel Castro sons family ceremony last respects
- Location: HAVANA, CUBA
- City: HAVANA, CUBA
- Country: Cuba
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0015AD20JR
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- Story Text: Two of Fidel Castro's sons attended a memorial on Monday (November 28) for the Cuba leader who died on Friday (November 25).
Alex and Alexis Castro-Soto were among tens of thousands of Cubans who filed through Havana's Revolution Square on Monday to pay their last respects to their fallen leader who led a leftist revolution, ruled for half a century and resisted the United States throughout the Cold War.
Castro died on Friday at the age of 90, a decade after stepping down due to poor health and ceding power to his brother Raul Castro.
While state television showed little of his private life over the decades, Fidel Castro has a number of children with at least three different women.
Alex and Alexis are some of the sons Fidel had with his wife Dalia Soto del Valle.
According to media, Alexis Castro was born in 1961 and was the couple's first child.
His brother Alex was reportedly born in 1963 and is best known as Fidel's official photographer who published a book of photos in 2015 called, "Fidel Castro: An Intimate Portrait."
The Cuban government invited people to Revolution Square for a two-day commemoration that started with cannon blasts heard throughout much of the capital.
Castro was cremated on Saturday (November 26) and the government has declared a nine-day period of mourning.
His ashes will be carried in a cortege to a final resting place in Santiago de Cuba, the city in eastern Cuba where he launched the revolution.
While many Cubans report a certain pressure to attend the government's many staged events and Castro was hated by many who fled for Miami, he was also widely loved and people appeared to shed genuine tears on Monday.
Castro was admired by leftists and people of the developing world who saw him as a revolutionary champion of the poor, but criticized by others who viewed him as a dictator who oppressed Cubans and ruined the economy through socialism.
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